I personally call it the first of a series of wars that the United States did not clearly win and this result had nothing to do with the bravery and fighting skills of our troops. No, it was the result of politics just like the ending of the Vietnam War. It began a trend of politicians snatching defeat from the hands of victory due to lack of fortitude and inability to explain effectively to the American people what was happening.
The Korean War American military on the ground, led by Marines doing the dirty work with the Army in a strong supporting role, fought hard, long and well despite lacking many supplies needed. On many occasions ammunition ran low, clothing not suitable for the winter months was all that was available and rations were often limited. Despite these hardships, our troops performed well but became disillusioned with the lack of proper back home support. This situation was to occur again only twelve years later with the onset of the Vietnam War.
All Americans should honor these gallant men of war today for their efforts as they gave their all on behalf of their country with great sacrifice. Oh, for our government to sacrifice for her people as gallantly. Join me in prayer for these brave souls, won't you?
Dear Lord Above, Today we honor the brave fighting forces of the United States who fought so well in the Korean War which ended on this date sixty years ago. For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, bless their souls and help their loved ones still living and in future generations to always honor their memory. For those wounded, help them with their disabilities and pain and suffering which many still have today. Give them peace and ease their pain. For those who are still officially missing in action even today, help us to find out what happened to them so that their families may finally have closure.
And Lord, help us to learn the lesson of history and try to find a way to avoid war whenever possible. But if war is necessary and can't be avoided, help us to remember that the only way to end a war with finality once it is begun is to win it. Give our leaders the moral courage and determination to make decisions of this nature based on reality and not politics, using the experience of history as their guide. We ask in His name, Amen.
May God always bless the United States of America.